How to Act As Different Characters (Characterisation)

Its easy to act if you know what to do! Always clear your mind before beginning, or it may not work as well

Steps

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    Try to walk around the room in neutral, just thinking about what character to become.
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    If your character is from a book or play, do some research on your character, if not, simply research by watching everything around you
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    Think about your characters' walk, does your character lead with his/her toes, noes, hands, head etc. This will change the posture. Play around with this until you are comfortable
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    Decide what animal your character is. Become that animal, then keep your favourite feature of that animal and add it onto your character! Eg. Might shake his/her tail like a dog
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    Decide what element your character is, then add bits of that element into your character
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    Work on whether your characters' voice is high, low, soft, loud, what accent she or he has, what words can she or he pronounce wrong
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    Play around with the character terms name, hobbies, dislikes and likes, her or his background, family, age, pets, fashion sense, how smart or dumb they are, allergies and all that stuff that you would never think important, but really is!
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    Create your characters style; dress up like him or her, practice monologues as your character things like that!
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    Show off your character, but don't go crazy!

Tips

  • add something new everyday and don't worry if takes a long time!
  • do not worry about what others think, its your character!
  • when acting monologues and scripts, think of something that happened that made you cry, and the audience will be moved by your characters sadness
  • think carefully, don't copy and have fun
  • when doing monologues, the smallest reactions are the most dramatic
  • make sure your character isn't exactly like you!

Warnings

  • don't let your character take over you!
  • don't get upset, there are always people who criticize
  • don't copy someone else's character unless you want big legal trouble

Things You'll Need

  • clothes and accessories your characters uses
  • monologues, scripts and a computer in case you wants to research more!
  • a clear, mind

Article Info

Categories: Acting